Over 90 percent of all Americans consume caffeine in some form at least once per day, which is why it’s not surprising that Starbucks thrives as one of the country’s top coffee chains. If you’re a big fan of Starbucks, but not a big fan of spending a chunk of your budget on its delicious and addicting drinks, you’re in for a major money-saving treat.
Here are 7 crazy hacks that will help you save money on Starbucks purchases. Also, don’t forget to sign up for SideMoney to earn free points that can be redeemed for gift cards to your favorite retailers, including Starbucks!
1. Sign Up for Starbucks Rewards
Grab a Starbucks gift card and register the card for the Starbucks Rewards program, which is completely free. This qualifies you for a free drink or food item on your birthday, free in-store refills and various other rewards that can help you save money. The more you use your rewards card, the better the rewards will become later on.
2. Buy $2 Iced Lattes
Instead of ordering an actual iced latte, order a triple espresso over ice in a venti cup. Then, head over to the condiment area to fill your cup with milk. In most cases, you’ll end up saving more than half the amount you’d otherwise spend on a real iced latte.
3. Get $0.50 Refills on Tea and Coffee
Keep your Starbucks drink cup and return to Starbucks later on that same day to refill your cup with hot or iced tea or coffee for just $0.50. Everyone qualifies for the $0.50 refill, even if the original drink was something other than iced or hot tea or coffee.
4. Get Free Water
Caffeine can dehydrate your body and make you feel sluggish if you’re not also drinking water. Skip buying bottled water and ask the barista for ice and water instead. Starbucks uses triple-filtered water, which is safe for your health and less costly than its bottled counterpart!
5. Order Tea Without Water
Starbucks baristas around the Web say that iced teas are double-strength in pitcher, but watered down when served. If you’re looking for a major caffeine buzz without the watered-down effect, request “no water” with your tea to prevent it from being diluted.
6. Order a Short
If you usually order a tall mainly because it’s the smallest size available, consider ordering a “short” instead, which is smaller than a tall and less costly. In fact, a short cappuccino contains the same amount of espresso as the tall, so you can save money without losing out on caffeine.
7. Make It At Home
If you’re addicted to Starbucks because you love the taste of its coffee, just buy the Starbucks beans at the store and ask the barista to grind them for you for free. Then, brew your own coffee drinks at home for a fraction of the price, and end up saving more money!
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